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The North American band gave an exclusive interview while passing through Brazil Antenna 1. Known for their styles of new wave, pop, synth and techno, this trio enjoyed great success in the 80s and 90s, but they didn’t let time get them down.
With a career spanning over four decades, the band continues to release new releases and tour the world. Your last record, “Unusual People”Introduced in August 2021. “Hello World”, his most recent tour is a tribute to his 2014 album of the same name. And, of course, Brazil was not left out of his plans.
The trio came to perform in Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo on January 26, 27 and 28. Shortly before their first show, the artists answered the call of our reporter Fernanda Aranha and had a long conversation: the musicians not only remembered the beginning of their careers, but also revealed the backstage of their great successes. “escape” e “What’s on your mind”.
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Before I talk about your concerts and your career, I would like to go back a little to the past. Who were you before working with music and what was your life like before this crazy journey?
Information Society: Why are we who we are? [Risos].
People ask us this all the time. We went to high school together and started our band right after graduation. We wanted the music we loved to be played, and no one in our town did. That’s why we decided on our own. That was 1982, and we’ve been doing it ever since.
Where did the inspiration behind your name come from?
Information Society: It was a term used a lot in the late 70s to predict the future, especially in computers. We thought it sounded good and wanted to do songs on the same topic, so we chose that as our band name.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice at the beginning of your career, what would it be?
Information Society: Do not try to make plans and implement this plan to the last detail. Try a little bit of everything and be willing to invest energy in the things that will give you the answers you’re looking for.
We would also say that you should have a plan, but you don’t have to follow it. But if you don’t have a plan, you shouldn’t miss anything. As long as you have a plan and allow yourself to change, you’re on your way.
We are talking now “run away”, one of his first hits, this song is one of the most important songs of his career. Do you remember what the composition was like? What was going on with the band at the time?
Information Society: Yes, we have many stories about “escape”. It took a long time to write and record this song. Several people tried to sing it and failed, including our sound engineer. [risos]. When we first released it, after a few listens we realized it was so bad that the record company wanted all the records back. we throw it all away [risos]. And then we start again. It took us almost two years to complete the production of this track.
Still later we talk about his biggest followers “escape” cannot fail to mention “What’s On Your Mind”. How did you decide to use the voice of the iconic Leonard Nimoy? I’m guessing you’re a Star Trek fan, right?
Information Society: Yes, we were Star Trek fans and had just learned to use less sound from other mediums. I was recording from the TV through the headphone jack on the TV. I plugged in the tape recorder and then we got the file and we had twenty or thirty little things from Star Trek. We tried many of them in different places and this was one of them. I think we had fifteen or twenty Star Trek songs on our first album. We didn’t know it would be a favorite.
Now, if we talk about Brazil, in the 90s some of your songs were part of the soundtrack of TV series, which is the most popular form of entertainment here. What do you know? Have you watched Brazilian TV series?
Information Society: Just by accident. But we don’t speak Portuguese.
In 1991, you performed at Rock In Rio, every artist’s dream. What do you remember from that night? Was it your first time on Brazilian soil?
Information Society: I remember seeing 120,000 people and thinking “this is a lot easier than just 120 people”.
It was a great experience and it introduced us to the Brazilian public. After that, we did a six-week tour where we stopped in the main cities of the country, including the north and northeast. It was incredible for us to come into contact with such a large and diverse country.
There were 26 stops, right?
Information Society: That’s right.
Still talking about gigs, have you ever experienced anything funny on stage? do you think of anything?
Information Society: Let me tell you, about ours at Rock In Rio, most people watching it on TV didn’t know it was raining a lot. Fall into the world. But you can’t see it in the video. People didn’t know it, but we were afraid of being electrocuted and dying.
Now a slightly more open question. If you could each have a song with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Information Society: I would actually collaborate with Astrud Gilberto. If only I could sing João Gilberto’s part “The Girl from Ipanema”i would do that.
The last time you played in Brazil was before the pandemic, right? In 2019? What are your expectations now that you are back? Are you guys excited?
Information Society: That’s why we keep coming back. And the pandemic was hard on everyone, but I think it was good in the sense of giving people time to miss us. So when we come back they will be happy again.
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